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Good writing is simple writing

Good writing is simple writing

  Early-career writers often make the mistake of thinking they need to impress their readers with poetic eloquence and linguistic gymnastics. The truth is that readers – particularly in the short-attention-span digital space - want information quickly and...

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The Power of Product Thinking in newsrooms

The Power of Product Thinking in newsrooms

The product thinking concept is a revolutionary new approach in dynamic modern newsrooms shifting the focus from content-centric to being more user-centric. The paradigm shift to user-centricity has helped newsrooms build better products for their audiences. SAMIP...

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How newsrooms can engage audiences using Twitter Spaces

How newsrooms can engage audiences using Twitter Spaces

@TwitterSpaces is a new way to have live audio conversations on Twitter. Twitter rolled out its Clubhouse competitor in 2020 and expanded the social audio feature to a large portion of its users throughout 2021. Very similar to Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces allows live...

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Could Telegram be a new channel for SA newsrooms?

Could Telegram be a new channel for SA newsrooms?

A few global news brands have made good use of Telegram as a publishing channel. Is there an opportunity for South African publishers to do the same? A number of South African publishers have made innovative use of WhatsApp as a publishing channel: As we previously...

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Reader revenue strategies and the business of news

Reader revenue strategies and the business of news

In a SAMIP dialogue, leading independent news media shared tactics to generate reader revenue for digital newsrooms. JAMLAB's Tshepo Tshabalala wrote up some of the key insights The business of news publishing has become a challenge now more than ever. Media...

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Lessons on podcasting for Sub-Saharan Africa

Lessons on podcasting for Sub-Saharan Africa

What does it take to build a sustainable podcast in the global South? Maybe it’s just that we’re all stuck at home, but it feels like there’s been an exciting uptick in podcasting among the cohort of media organisations in the South Africa Media Innovation Program...

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Update | World Press Freedom Day: Journalism under Digital Siege

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. Every year, a specific theme is chosen for World Press Day, and this year’s theme is “Journalism under digital siege”. This year’s theme not only highlights the ways that endanger...

Update | Media Hack Collective to host in-person training and publishes report on Covid-19 in SA, Explain on power outages in SA and keeping the KZN relief funds corruption-free, and more.

We are bringing you the latest from the SAMIP cohort, here are some updates on what our participants have been getting up to.   Media Hack Collective to host in-person training and publishes report on Covid-19 in SA Data journalism start-up Media Hack Collective...

Update | gsport covers women’s cricket world cup, 263Chat introduces new podcast, Radio Workshop releases podcast on vaccine hesitancy, and more

SAMIP brings you some updates on what the cohort has been up to, here’s the latest from the South Africa Media Innovation Program. gsport covers women’s cricket world cup Women’s sports news outlet, gsport concluded International Women’s month on a high with a...

Update | Quote This Women+ International Women’s Day fundraiser, Food for Mzansi kicks-off AgriCareers roadshow, Viewfinder Carte Blanche exposé, and more

SAMIP participants have been working around the clock, here are some updates from in and around the cohort.   Quote This Women+ International Women's Day Campaign and fundraiser  In light of International Women’s Month and Quote This Woman’s third birthday, the...

Update | Director of NMT joins QTW+ database, Hashtag at Active Minds National Conference 2022, Participants cover Russian invasion of Ukraine, and more

It is that exciting time once again, we are bringing you the latest on what the SAMIP participants have been getting up to. Director of Namibia Media Trust joins Quote This Women+ database Director of Namibia Media Trust, Zoe Titus has been added to the database of...

Update | Hashtag Our Stories at Expo2020Dubai, Igunundu launches new products, Namibia Media Trust at The Media Freedom Conference, and more

SAMIP participants have been working around the clock, here are some updates from in and around the cohort. Hashtag Our Stories at the Expo 2020 Dubai Co-founder of storytelling agency, Hashtag Our Stories Yusuf Omar featured at the Expo 2020 Dubai during Global Goals...

Update | Quote This Woman+ receives OSF grant and features on Fairlady Magazine, gsport #GAL2022 newsmakers, Viewfinder award nomination and more

Our participants have already settled into the new year and are already hard at work. Here are some updates from the SAMIP cohort.   Quote This Woman+ receives OSF grant and features on Fairlady Magazine Feminist non-profit organisation, Quote This Woman+ has...

Update | gsport #GAL2021 Newsmakers, Volume at the Africa Podfest, Citizen Bulletin & Namibia Media Trust host events, M&G & gsport elevate women in sport and more.

As we close off the year, SAMIP brings you some updates on what the cohort has been up to. Here's the latest from the South Africa Media Innovation Program. gsport announces Top 10 Newsmakers of 2021 Women sports outlet, gsport announced the Top 10 Newsmakers of 2021...

SAMIP expands media innovation support to three more Southern African countries

The South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) has welcomed four new regional media ventures to be part of its pioneering independent media development program. The new cohort includes media organisations from Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho that were selected for...

Update | Food for Mzansi celebrates 3rd birthday, Viewfinder launches accountability tracker, SAMIP participants are hiring, and more

It is that exciting time once again, we are bringing you the latest on what the SAMIP participants have been getting up to. Food for Mzansi hosts Pan-African Summit and launches sister publication Agri-news publisher Food for Mzansi hosted the first Pan-African Summit...